Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Heal Veterinary Clinic in Chicago! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 773-888-5091 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Our AAHA accreditation is important to us, not for the decal on the door, but for the protocol and procedures that we follow to ensure the highest standards of medicine so we can maintain accreditation. We stay at the forefront of medicine to put our patients’ well-being first.


Dr. Cari Rasmussen


Dr. Cari Rasmussen joined the Heal Veterinary Clinic team in February 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology in 2008 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Rasmussen enjoys working with all species from dogs and cats to birds, reptiles and small mammals. She is a USDA certified veterinarian, and a member of the AVMA and ISVMA. She grew up in Sycamore, IL and is very excited to be serving the Chicago community. When she’s not with her patients, she’s spending time with her husband, Frank, and her two dogs, a lab mix named Addie and a Pomeranian mix named Miko. She enjoys hiking, playing piano, and traveling the world. She is very excited to be a part of the Heal Team.

Dr. Emanoel Kotev


Dr. Kotev has worked with Heal clients in an orthopedic surgical capacity since 2015. In July of 2017, Dr. Kotev joined the the Heal team as a veterinary staff member as well as surgeon. Originally from Bulgaria, he graduated from Thracian University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In March of 2000, he moved to the United States and became a research associate in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Ohio State University where his focus was coronary artery bypass surgery in dogs. In 2001, Dr. Kotev joined Forest South Animal Hospital, located in University Park, IL before moving to Kalamazoo, MI where his wife was completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. For two years, he practiced as an associate veterinarian in Oakwood Animal Hospital in Kalamazoo and returned to IL where he joined Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Rockford. Dr. Kotev’s professional interests include internal medicine, abdominal and thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, flexible endoscopy. Dr. Kotev spends his time off traveling, playing volleyball, swimming, hiking and biking with his wife Kristina and their two beautiful daughters, Victoria and Vanessa

Dr. Derrick Landini


Dr. Derrick Landini has been a practicing Chicago veterinarian since 1994 and the leader of Heal Veterinary Clinic. His passion for animal medicine prompted him to open his own clinics. A native Chicagoan, Dr. Landini is a graduate of the veterinary school at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He also completed an externship at University of California-Davis in avian medicine. Dr. Landini enjoys caring for all types of pets including cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and small mammals. In addition to his veterinary practice, Dr. Landini serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago Veterinary Services, is a proactive advisor and volunteer for many rescue groups in the Chicago area, and is the proud father of 3 sons and 2 dogs

Dr. Jean Henry


Dr. Jean Henry attended the University of Cincinnati for her undergraduate degree in biology. She then received her veterinary degree from Purdue University in 2018. She has a special interest in feline medicine, senior pets, and soft-tissue surgery.
Dr. Henry is from Cincinnati, Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys baking, being outside, and spending time with her dogs Ho Ho and Twinkie and her cats, Lucy, Mira, and Anna.

Practice Manager


Practice Manager

Vicki joined the Heal team in 2016. She has a Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a Master's Degree from National Louis University. She is a mother of two college kids and in her spare time she loves to travel with them, play golf, tennis, and experiement in the kitchen



CVT, Lead Technician, Laboratory Services

Sarah is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with 15+ years’ experience mainly in general practice with experience in emergency/critical care, equine and wildlife rehabilitation. Sarah graduated from Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technician Program in May 2008 with high honors and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) in June 2008 earning her certification. Sarah enjoys all aspects of veterinary care, but she most enjoys working in the laboratory, interacting and caring for all patients. Sarah shares her home with her husband, two cats, and owns a horse that lives in the Western suburbs. In her free time Sarah enjoys horseback riding, gardening, traveling and hiking especially in our National Parks

Samantha R

CVT, Lead Technician, Administrative Services

Samantha graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science. In 2017 she graduated from Fox College Veterinary Technician program where she graduated with honors and as class representative. In March 2018, Samantha passed her boards and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Samantha loves spending most of her free time with her two hound dogs; Griffy and Rufus. Together they love going to the beach, hiking, and their favorite, camping!



Esther is part of the Vet Tech Team and came to Heal in March of 2017. Esther has a passion for veterinary medicine and especially likes working to support animal shelters.



Raymond is a part of the Heal Veterinary Tech Team. Raymond drove from California to Chicago with two dogs and two cats 4 years ago. He joined the Heal team a few months later and has been caring for our clients the last three years.



Jamie has been part of the Heal Team for two years and is the surgical technician. Jamie grew up in Chicago and started in the veterinary field in 1998. She is a mother of a wonderful young man, Ben, and has three cats, one dog, one parakeet, one fish, and a loving husband. She enjoys baking for friends and family


Certified Veterinary Technician

Larry graduated from the Fox College Veterinary Technician program in 2017 with honors. He then passed his boards in 2018 and received his license as a Certified Veterinary Technician. He is happy to combine both his passion for medicine and animals together with the Heal team. Larry also has a special interest in laboratory work and surgical nursing. He likes to spend his free time watching Blackhawk games with his cat, Hawkie, and listening to 70’s rock.



Robert graduated from Fox College in 2017 and enjoyed his work with wildlife rehabilitation during his last semesters. Robert has 1 dog, a Border Collie named Gemma, and loves to spend his free time reading, painting, walking with his dog, and playing video games with his friends. Robert is a big fan of working with wildlife such as raccoons and possums.



Jeri joined the Heal team in February 2020. She was raised in Oak Park and has a turtle, two cats, and three leopard geckos! Jeri has worked in pet care positions her entire career, just as she hoped when she was 7 years old. She loves live music and art exhibits with friends

Administrative Staff


Manager-Customer Service

Jacquelyn is a part of the Reception Team at Heal. A native California girl, Jacquelyn moved to Chicago to to attend DePaul University and received her degree in Secondary Education and History. She has two senior cats who would have thrown a fit if she tried to take a picture with them so she borrowed Cole for the photo op. She loves to do anything with nature conservation/ environment preservation, cooking, and giving treats to your dogs when they come in!


Lead Customer Service Representative

I am the newest member at Heal and absolutely love being a part of this team. I have been in the medical field for 12 years now, working with teeth for about 11.5 yrs. I’m married and have a dog named Jax. Love to read and write poetry. Come from a huge family and love it, cant wait to have my own


Customer Service Representative

Sierra comes to Heal with years of experience in meeting and event planning and loves to travel as well as warm weather. She is a dog lover and plans to have one of her own one day soon. Growing up in the NW suburbs of Chicago, she is a graduate of Huntley High School. Sierra joins Heal’s growing Customer Service Team


Customer Service Representative

Tanisha is born and raised in Chicago and has always been an animal lover. She had 2 dogs, 2 birds, an iguana, fish and a hamster as a child. Her love of animals led her to study Animals Sciences at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has a sweet Havanese named Zuri. Tanisha is happy to be a part of the Heal Customer Service Team and the Heal family is so happy to have her share her knowledge and love of animals.